The title of Saawariya carries a double meaning; it refers to both an epithet for the Hindu god Krishna and to a title sought by many Indian lovers, who wish to reach a state of 'Saawariya,' or overpowering consumption by love. Director Sanjay Leela Bhansali's romantic drama Saawariya weaves the tale of the ill-fated romance between two such individuals: artist Raj, who finds the fulfillment of his soul's yearning when he enters one of the most picturesque rural hamlets in India, and his lover, Sakina, a mysterious young woman whom he spots standing on a bridge. Raj tries desperately to win Sakina's love and devotion, but finds it increasingly difficult to accept the truth of her past. ~ Nathan Southern, All Movie GuideYes quite a visually pleasing picturesque stage set, but for being a rural hamlet in India, it seems way off. Bright lights and flashy lights set the stage for a bridge over a canal much like a Venice scene. The set designs were more of a play than a movie and it reminded me a lot of Moulin Rouge. I loved the dancing and singing. Although my wife said she did not like it, she did actually watch the whole movie.
Theatrical Feature Running Time: 138 mins
This film like many other Indian films does not have kissing but they did turn their backs to indicate a kiss. It is also ironic that although it seems to have a hint of Islam influence the scenes and the dialogue is quite racy. The costumes, the bar scene and the side characters being prostitutes (without little condemnation of that) also makes it seem that if Muslims consider this acceptable in India, then they would be on the polar opposite as the Taliban in Afghanistan.
Ultimately after nearly the whole film is done, Sakina rejects Raj's proposals and goes with the devote other man.